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Issue 16

21 Apr 2021

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(1) Worldview Results Webinar: 11.30am – 1pm, 28 April

Join Dóchas for an overview of the Worldview project’s research results followed by an interactive panel discussion. The session will be opened by Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora, Colm Brophy and panellists include Trocáire’s Head of Campaign Marketing, Karen Smyth and GOAL’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Eamon Sharkey. The 2021 baseline research found that, although the Irish public are very concerned about global poverty (75%) and generally supportive of overseas development aid (79%) and the Government’s ODA budget (77%), significant misconceptions about the main drivers of global poverty and inequality and misunderstandings about how aid is administered are leading to low levels of trust in overseas development NGOs (27%). Together, we will unpack and explore what these findings mean for the sector and the implications they will have on how we communicate, engage and fundraise with the Irish public. Register here.

(2) Dóchas 2021 (virtual) Conference & Annual General Meeting (AGM): 12 May & 13 May

Dóchas members are kindly invited to our 2021 (virtual) Conference & Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM will take place on 12 May, 10.00am – 1.00pm. This session will include Dóchas’ statutory AGM business, and Irish Ambassador to the UN, Geraldine Byrne Nason will join to share her experience of the UN Security Council and discuss the enabling environment for civil society.  The Conference will take place on Thursday, 13 May, 9.30am – 12.30pm. REOS partners will share the outcome of our ‘Reimagining the future’ of Irish NGOs project and we will hear from Irish Aid’s Ruairi de Burca on his reflections on the project, as well as getting a perspective from a civil society activist from the global south. Registration details to follow.

**Please note that participation in the above meetings/events is open to Dóchas member agencies only. For further information on any of the above, please contact the Dóchas office, T: 01 4053801, E:

Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

(1) “Striving for Equality: Two Decades of Building Resilience” An AkiDwA@20 Masterclass with Dr. Salome Mbugua: 6-7pm, 22 April

AkiDwA, the national Network for Migrant Women in Ireland, will be hosting weekly masterclasses starting on Thursday 22 April from 6-7pm, as part of the organisation’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. This first “AkiDwA@20” masterclass will be delivered by Dr. Salome Mbugua, who will speak about "Striving for Equality - Two Decades of Building Resilience". Dr Mbugua will share her strategies in developing AkiDwA and will cover the areas of (1)Mobilisation, (2) Building community resilience, (3) Campaigning, as a key strategy to achieve change, (4) Partnership, the Pros and Cons and (5) Access to rights, being at the table. Pamela Toyin Ogunwusi, freelance Journalist and Author, will facilitate this masterclass. Register here

(2) The True Cost of Fashion - Who’s Paying for It? 3-4pm, 22 April

The global fashion industry is polluting our environment, exploiting workers while making millions for big brands. Is there a better way to make our clothes? The Comhlámh Trade Justice group are excited to be hosting this information and sharing event. There will be time also for Q&A and discussion in small groups. The event will take place on Thursday 22 April on Zoom from 3pm to 4.30pm GMT+1. To register click here.

(3) WWGS Grant: Grant Application Webinar: 10.30am, 27 April

Applications for funding are invited from eligible organisations for Global Citizenship Education initiatives in post-primary schools in the coming academic year under the WWGS Annual Grant Call 2021/2022. Key dates: Grant application period: 12 April 2021 (Opens) – 14 May 2021 (Closes). Grant funding period: 1 August 2021 to 31 May 2022. There will be a Grant Application Webinar on 27 April. Please register your attendance here. To read the grant guidelines and to register for an application see here. If you have any further questions, please email

(4) Research: Let’s make it safe! 2-3pm, 28 April

This webinar offers participants the opportunity to consider what needs to be in place to make research, and programme monitoring and evaluation safe for both research participants and researchers.  It will explore the specific needs when the subject of the research is particularly sensitive, in the case of researching Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). Our panellists will share their practical experiences in relation to training, risk management, COVID mitigations and share examples of different methodology and tools used. Find out more

(5) Reaching the furthest behind – The unique approach of missionaries: 2pm, 29 April

Addressing the needs of those most marginalised and furthest behind is considered critical to achieving the SDGs. While The Furthest Behind First is a relatively new concept in development work, missionaries have followed this principle for centuries. Research conducted by Misean Cara in 2017 resulted in the formulation of the Missionary Approach to Development Interventions (MADI). In 2020, we commissioned further research into how the MADI contributes to reaching those furthest behind. Please join us for our upcoming Zoom event, where we present the research findings and discuss them with a diverse panel. To find out more about this research, please click here. Register for the event here. For any queries about the event, please contact Jenny Ackermann (

(6) Women’s Empowerment and Nutrition - making the connections: 11am, 30 April

Centre for Global Development and IFIAD will host a webinar to discuss how programmes promoting women’s empowerment can contribute to improved women’s nutrition and health. Chaired by Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich, speakers will include Sudha Narayanan, developer of the Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI), Solange Cullen (UCC), Marlene Hebie (Goal Global), and Maureen Muketha, Kenyan nutritionist and founder of non-profit Tule Vyema. Discussion will explore lessons for programme design and implementation of development interventions which can simultaneously contribute to women’s empowerment and food security and nutrition. Find out more

(7) Empowering Women, leading girls webinar, hosted by the School of Education UCD: 2-3.30pm, 6 May

The Pinnacle Project at the School of Education, University College Dublin works on mentoring for leadership in schools in the Global South. We are hosting a webinar titled Empowering Women, leading girls. Speakers include: Dr Censu Caruana, University of Malta, The value and the approaches of peer mentoring, with regard to SDG 4; Dr Molly Abraham, University of Delhi, Educating women in India: societal barriers and structural supports; and Prof. Masooda Bano, University of Oxford, Education and ambition for girls and women in Pakistan. Register here, or contact for more information.

(8) Policy and Practice Seminar on “Development Education and Transnationalism”: 12-1.30pm, 13 May

Centre for Global Education and the DICE Project (Development and Inter-cultural Education) invite participation in a seminar organised to debate Issue 32 of Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review on the theme “Development Education and Transnationalism”. Registration and more information is available here

(9) Beyond Institutional Care: Rethinking How We Care for Vulnerable Children: 9.30am-2pm, 14 May

Tearfund Ireland are hosting a conference online on Friday the 14th of May to explore the topic of Care Reform in the context of development and why volunteering in orphanages is changing. The aim of this half day conference is to raise awareness of the harms caused when children grow up in institutional care and to build our collective capacity to engage in alternative models of care. We are delighted to have the expertise of Rebecca Nhep from Better Care Network, and Martin Punaks, International Development and Child Protection Consultant, as our Lead Facilitators. You can read a fascinating guest blog from Martin on our website HERE. You can find out more and register to attend HERE.

(10) National seminar to support to Ireland’s frontline practitioners: 25 May

The Heart of Frontline Practice collaborative group will hold its second national seminar for Ireland’s frontline practitioners. ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice 2021’ is a one-day, virtual seminar to provide a safe and nourishing space for frontline practitioners to reflect on the impact of their work. It is open to all frontline practitioners working in public, private or community roles in healthcare, social care, education and the justice sector. The theme of this year’s seminar is ‘Vulnerability, humility and compassion at the frontline’. Find out more

Situations Vacant - Paid Posts

(1) Concern Worldwide - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally 

Concern Worldwide is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in Ireland and internationally. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(2) GOAL - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

GOAL is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Full details are available here. Details for current invitations to tender for consultancies can be found here. Various closing dates apply.

(3) Trócaire - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

Trócaire is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(4) Oxfam Ireland – Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally.

Oxfam Ireland is currently advertising vacancies for various roles. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(5) Education Officer: Irish Aid 

The Department of Foreign Affairs invites applications for the position of Education Officer to support Irish Aid’s work on global citizenship and development education. The post of Education Officer is open, on a secondment basis, to serving primary, post-primary and further education teachers/trainers as well  as adult education officers, youth workers and Youth Reach co-ordinators working in further education colleges and adult and community education settings.  The Education Officer will have responsibility for supporting global citizenship and development education policy including promotion of development education in the formal and non-formal education sectors. Find out more. Closing date: 23 April.

(6) Call for Tender: Delivery of the IDEA Virtual Conference 2021

IDEA is seeking an experienced online event facilitator to assist us in the delivery of the IDEA Virtual Conference in June. The successful candidate will manage facilitation of the event to ensure a successful conference and seamless participant experience. The role of the consultant will focus on managing the overall facilitation of the sessions and the flow of the programme across the 3 days. Find out more. Closing date: 23 April.

(7) Policy & Research Officer: Irish Consortium on GBV 

The Consortium is seeking to employ a full time Policy and Research Officer. The purpose of the role is to work on policy creation, research and to support the learning agenda of the Consortium. The Policy and Research Officer will also support the Coordinator and Consortium members in the implementation of its Strategic Plan within the context of annually agreed plans. Find out more. Closing Date: 26 April.

(8) Intercultural Workshops Facilitator: Discovery Gospel Choir 

Discovery Gospel Choir is seeking an experienced facilitator to conduct at least two participatory online workshops with the choir, examining the topics of ‘Diversity & Interculturalism’ and ‘Faith’ as part of an organisational ethos review. Find out more. Closing date: 26 April. 

(9) Finance Officer: Misean Cara

We are currently hiring a Finance Officer to join our team in Misean Cara.  The Finance Officer will assist in the execution of key finance duties and develop effective working relationships with Misean Cara teams and members. This role will report to the Financial Controller. To apply:  please send a cover letter (max one page) outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role and an up-to-date CV to Please insert “Finance Officer” in the subject line. Interviews: Tuesday, 4th May via Zoom. Find out more. Closing date: 27 April.

(10) Policy & Programme Manager: Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), Maynooth University

“Scholars at Risk Europe (SAR Europe), hosted by the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), Maynooth University, is seeking an experienced Policy & Programme Manager to coordinate the EU-funded Inspireurope project, including its day-to-day coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting. In addition, the Policy & Programme Manager will contribute a portion of their time to the core activities of the SAR Europe office. It is SAR Europe’s intention to seek further funding to continue and expand our coordination and policy activities in Europe beyond the term of the Inspireurope project (which ends in August 2022). The salary scale for this role is €50,161 - €62,669. Find out more. Closing date: 2 May.

(11) Misean Cara – Invitation to Tender for the redesign and redevelopment of the Misean Cara website

Misean Cara is a faith-based international development organisation of 88 Irish religious congregations and lay missionary organisations working in over 50 countries. Our members live and work long-term with marginalised and vulnerable local communities in some of the world’s most impoverished and disadvantaged regions, conducting projects in the areas of education, health including HIV/AIDS, income generation, environmental sustainability, and human rights. We are inviting proposals for the development of a new website that showcases the work of Misean Cara, tells the story of our members and those they work with, and demonstrates the significant impact of the projects we fund across the world. Find out more. Closing date: 5 May.

(12) Programme Manager: Glencree Women’s Leadership Programme

The Programme Manager is a member of Glencree management team. The post-holder will have well-developed skills and experience in Programme design, management and delivery. They will be knowledgeable about the identity, culture, power, gender and faith dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding. They will have a consistent ability to identify and respond to opportunities to support women as peacebuilders across different levels and sectors of society. They will have exceptional personal skills with experience of developing and sustaining relationships. They will also have professional experience of dealing with politically sensitive issues and being considerate and supportive of persons and situations affected by conflict. Find out more. Closing date: 5 May.

(13) Network Animator: All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network

The post-holder will have well-developed skills and experience in outreaching, networking, connecting and bridging relationships between persons, communities, organisations and networks. They will be knowledgeable about the identity, culture, power, gender and faith dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding. They will have knowledge and understanding of public policy relevant to women, and to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. They will have a consistent ability to identify and respond to opportunities to support women as peacebuilders across different levels and sectors of society. They will also have professional experience of dealing with politically sensitive issues and being considerate and supportive of persons and situations affected by conflict. Find out more. Closing date: 7 May.

(14) Individual Giving Executive - Donor Care: IRC

Summary: To process donations & thank donors; deal with enquiries from donors & the public; contribute to the work of the IRC as a member of the IG team, supporting acquisition, engagement, retention & development of donors. Responsibilities: Open and reconcile post twice weekly; process donor data, donations and thank donors in a timely and consistent manner; manage new and existing direct debit plans, record cancellations, reconcile failed payments, submit files twice-monthly to bank; etc. Essential Experience: Minimum one year’s experience in similar role in a fundraising, marketing or customer-service environment; excellent data entry skills; competence in MS Office applications. Find out more. Closing date: 10 May

Situations Vacant - Internships and Volunteer Posts

(1) Public Engagement Internship: Plan International Ireland

Sitting within the Public Engagement Department you will learn about the daily workings of a busy fundraising and communications team. From reviewing research and event co-ordination, to proof reading and data entry, you will provide assistance to the team across various areas including Marketing, Communications, Fundraising and Digital Media. This role would suit someone with an outstanding attention to detail and an eagerness to learn the internal workings of a leading International Development Organisation that uses a human rights based approach to address the root causes of poverty around the world. Apply here. Closing date: 30 April.

Courses and Training

(1) IDEA & Bridge 47: Partnerships Training on Engaging New Sectors in Development Education: 27-29 April

Target 4.7 of the SDGs aims to ensure that ‘all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development’ through transformative education. To fully serve this target and promote the work that is needed to address today’s challenges, there is a need to abandon siloed tactics and prioritise cooperation. With this in mind, we have worked with other sectors in partnership to advance Development Education and Global Citizenship Education. If you’re interested in gaining guidance on the stages of a partnership journey and learning from our work with National Health Services in Scotland, responsible business platform in Northern Ireland, Estonian national broadcasting company and Danish Trade Union platform, join our partnerships training. It will take place online on 27-29 April (9:30-11:15am each day). To find out more and/or register click here.

(2) Eurocheck Security Consultants Limited - Online Hostile Environment Courses: 17-20 May

Established in 2001, Eurocheck is a worldwide leader in providing security training and support to NGOs, aid agencies, human rights workers, charities, students, and journalists. Our security trainers are specialists. in their fields and have all worked in various hostile environments around the world. The cost of the upcoming online hostile course is €200 + VAT. The course is normally conducted over 4 mornings and includes pre course study, role plays and exercises. We are currently running several courses a month. Please contact us re availability. These courses can be taken from the safety and comfort of your home or office here in Ireland or from overseas if already deployed. For further information, check out our new website at or contact us at 086 8142446 or

(3) Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector

The Open University in partnership with the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is now launching a collection of three supported online training courses focused on Safeguarding for the International Aid Sector. The first course ‘Introduction to Safeguarding in the International Aid Sector’ will provide learners with an understanding of the causes of harm, abuse and exploitation and how to strengthen organisational approaches to safeguarding.  This course will start on 26 April. Click here to find out more.

Forthcoming Events

(1) Online Solidarity event with the People in Burma/Myanmar: 7pm, 1 May

Since the Military coup in Burma / Myanmar on the 1 February 2021 there have been over 738 people killed, many more injured and over 3,261 arrests. Despite this brutal military crackdown, the people of Burma / Myanmar continue to protest with enormous courage to restore democracy.  On the 1 May, the 3 month anniversary of the coup and international Labour day from at 7pm Burma Action Ireland will host an online event on zoom to remember those killed and as a show of Solidarity to the people in Burma and to the Burmese communities living in Ireland. This event will be 60 – 90 minutes in duration. An overview and update on developments in Burma / Myanmar will also be provided. More details to follow. Register here. For further information please contact us at

(2) Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks 2021: 19 April – 7 May

The largest event of its kind: the 7th edition of the HNPW will once again gather experts and humanitarian professionals from more than 40 participating networks and partnerships. More inclusive and more accessible: this year's virtual 3-week event will offer participants the opportunity to attend sessions covering different time zones, encouraging broad participation from around the world. Find out more.

(3) Financial Justice Ireland - April Book Club: 7.30pm, 29 April

FJI's April book Club book will be 'Debt the first 5000 years' by David Graeber. For more information, including how to register, see here.  

Other Information

(1) WWGS Grant Call 21/22 now open!

Applications for funding are invited from eligible organisations for Global Citizenship Education initiatives in post-primary schools in the coming academic year under the WWGS Annual Grant Call 2021/2022. Key dates: Grant application period:12 April 2021 (Opens) – 14 May 2021 (Closes). Grant funding period: 1 August 2021 to 31 May 2022. To read the grant guidelines and to register for an application see here. If you have any further questions, please email

(2) Have Your Say in the Women in Global Health (WGH) Ireland strategy!

WGH Ireland is a group of individuals from academia, private sector and NGOs coming together to support gender equality in global health leadership. By completing this anonymous survey, your opinions will help us: develop our strategy around the gendered experiences that matter to you; align what WGH Ireland could offer (events, mentorship, etc.) with what our members would like to benefit from;  and inform our advocacy activities to support progress for gender equality in global health. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. Information collected will be handled in accordance with national data protection laws and EU GDPR. Please get in touch with any questions via: Survey deadline: 30 April.



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